Wireless Phones

Written by Norene Anderson
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One of the greatest inventions of convenience has been the introduction of wireless phones. Even though the technology has been in the making for nearly 40 years, it has been only in the recent past that worldwide access has been possible. The cellular business has grown from a $3 million industry to nearly $30 billion per year in the past twenty-five years.

Technology Keeps Moving Forward

Many changes have taken place during the process to get it where it is today. The concept is basically the same as a two-way radio or walkie-talkie. The communication takes place through radio waves that travel through the air until they reach a receiver. The receiver at the other end takes the signals and converts them back into the sound of a voice and communication is established.

There are many things to consider when making the decision to purchase a wireless phone. You can have the most expensive phone that is made with all the gadgets and accessories and not have service that is acceptable. The first thing to consider when looking at wireless phones is the service provider in your local area. Even though a company may advertise as a nationwide company, that does not mean that there will be a provider in your area.

Compare the Wireless Phones in Your Area

Determine where you will be using the phone the most and then check with the local providers to see which one can offer the best deal for the locality you desire. You will also need to take into consideration if you will be traveling out of your local area or even nationwide. The plan you purchase will determine when and where you can use your minutes without incurring a roaming charge.

There are basically two types of service available for wireless phones. Analog is the older technology and it uses a network built at 800 MHz. Digital technology travels at 800 MHz and 1900 MHz. There are three digital wireless technologies - CDMA, TDMA, and GSM. Phones that work with one generally will not work with the other. Therefore, you need to make sure the phone you get coincides with the technology that your carrier provides.

There is a big difference in the way wireless phones are made. There are small ones that generally are less than four inches in length and are very lightweight. Then there are medium sized ones that are four to five inches long and weigh anywhere from three to five ounces. The larger phones are usually five inches or more in length and the weight can vary. There are many new designs that have the length or a larger phone, but they are very lightweight in design.

More Technological Advances

It is easy to customize the look of wireless phones with the variety of face covers that can be applied. There are color screens and the option to add pictures. It is possible to send email and pictures, get a wireless Internet connection, have a speakerphone, and many more options. The sky is the limit when it comes to the options that are available today from almost every cellular phone provider.

One of the most popular styles of phone is the flip phone. It is growing in popularity because of the convenient small size and lightweight. It can also provide all the services that a larger, more bulky phone provides. The choices are basically limited only by the service that you choose. Companies will advertise for a general area but there may not be a carrier in your locality. Make sure you are guaranteed the best service before signing up.

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